Tracking Hours

You can track your volunteer hours through Sage, making it even easier to keep up to date with your entries. Before you begin tracking your hours you must register for the program, then begin tracking and watch those hours add up.

Track your hours in Sage

Instructions

  1. Log In to your Sage account.
  2. Navigate to Commitment to Service at the bottom left of the page and select Enter Service Hours.
  3. You'll first need to add your service projects before you can enter hours for them. You only need to add each project once and then your project should show up on your screen automatically for the future. To add a Brandeis group project, use the plus (+) sign in the grid and select a project from the list provided. To add a personal project, use the Add a Personal Project link.
  4. Add your Hours. Hours are entered on a monthly basis. Enter a month and year then select Add a New Month to get started. Prior months are listed in the grid. Select Update Service Hours for the month you want to update or review. If you forget what types of service can count in each category (direct service, reflection, etc.) just click the links at the top to get a definition for each category.
View a detailed explanation of adding projects and hours

Cutoff Dates

You can only enter hours for the current semester, so it's important that you stay up-to-date with your hour entries. The date ranges within which you can enter hours for each semester are listed below:

Definition of Approved Service for Hour Tracking

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Students May Record
  • Direct community service activities (i.e. tutoring, building homes, visiting elderly)

  • Indirect service activities (i.e. fundraisers, community organizing, Relay for Life)

  • Community Organizing (i.e. voter registration drives, community gardens)

  • Community-Engaged Learning Course (direct service and reflection hours only)

  • Religious education (i.e. teaching Sunday School or Hebrew School) or volunteering at your place of worship. Activities must fall within the domain of the Brandeis University Mission and Diversity Statements. In particular any religious related activity must align with the values of inclusivity, civility, diversity, respect and safety.

  • Advocacy-related activities that fall within the purview of the Brandeis University Mission and Diversity Statements. In particular any advocacy related activity must align with the values of inclusivity, civility, diversity, respect and safety.

  • Projects sponsored by student clubs/organizations that provide a service to the local community

  • Service-related spring break trips

  • Self-initiated volunteer work independent of Brandeis (Community Service Fair opportunities) but conducted while a current student

  • Meeting hours (only if the meeting was spent planning a community service activity)

  • Participation and hours from some, but not all, service scholarship programs (i.e. AmeriCorps Student Leaders in Service) may be transferable

  • International Brandeis-related community service initiatives, including those while participating in a University approved study abroad program

  • Mandated community service hours

  • Transportation and Reflection (up to 15 hours per semester)

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Students May Not Record
  • Non-profit internship hours (please see FAQ for exceptions)

  • Activities for which a student is paid wages or a stipend

  • Observation or practicum hours that are part of a degree requirements and do not include direct community service

  • Meeting or class hours, unless the time was spent planning or completing a community service activity

  • Service completed during a semester in which the student was not enrolled at the university or in a university-sponsored program (i.e., high school activities, etc.). (please see FAQ for exceptions.)

  • Hours spent shadowing a physician or medical professional

  • Student club/organization activities, unless the activities provide a direct service to the local community.

  • Political campaigning in support of a particular candidate or political party.

  • Advocacy, religious, and political activities that do not fall under the scope of the Brandeis Mission and Diversity Statements. Any activities that are hateful, overtly disrespectful, or discriminatory in nature will not count towards this program. Examples include but are not limited to door-to-door proselytizing and protesting outside of a group of underrepresented individuals convening.

  • Service that directly impacts the university (i.e. Orientation Leader, Senior Week or Fall Fest volunteer, etc.)

  • Hours spent working on a research project under all academic disciplines (biology, psychology, history, etc.). If students feel that they have an exception, email Commitment to Service.

Benefits to Tracking Your Hours